Amos 3:1-8

Witnesses Summoned Against Israel

1 Hear this word, people of Israel, the word the LORD has spoken against you—against the whole family I brought up out of Egypt:
2 “You only have I chosen of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your sins.”
3 Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?
4 Does a lion roar in the thicket when it has no prey? Does it growl in its den when it has caught nothing?
5 Does a bird swoop down to a trap on the ground when no bait is there? Does a trap spring up from the ground if it has not caught anything?
6 When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble? When disaster comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it?
7 Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.
8 The lion has roared— who will not fear? The Sovereign LORD has spoken— who can but prophesy?

Amos 3:1-8 Meaning and Commentary


In this chapter the prophet goes on with his prophecy against Israel, whom God had highly favoured, and yet sinned against him, and therefore must expect to be punished by him; and the rather, since he and they were not agreed; and therefore there could be no communion between them, Am 3:1-3; and by various similes are set forth the cause of divine judgments, the certain design of them, and their continuance, till the end is answered; which should be attended to, since every thing of this kind is of God, who giving his prophets notice of it, they are under an absolute necessity of declaring it; nor should they be blamed for it, Am 3:4-8; and even the Heathen nations are appealed unto as witnesses of the sins of Israel, that caused such a denunciation of wrath; their tumults, oppression, injustice, violence, and robbery, Am 3:9,10; wherefore an adversary is threatened to be sent among them, that should utterly destroy them, so that few should escape, Am 3:11,12; particularly their idolatry and luxury seem to have been reigning sins, which had a great hand in bringing on their rum, and for which the Lord would punish them, Am 3:13-15.

Cross References 16

  • 1. Zephaniah 2:5
  • 2. S Amos 2:10
  • 3. S Exodus 19:6; Deuteronomy 7:6; Luke 12:47
  • 4. ver 14
  • 5. S Jeremiah 14:10; Micah 2:3; 1 Peter 4:17
  • 6. S Isaiah 42:13
  • 7. Psalms 104:21; S Hosea 5:14
  • 8. S Psalms 119:110
  • 9. S Numbers 10:2; S Job 39:24; S Jeremiah 4:21
  • 10. S Isaiah 31:2
  • 11. Isaiah 14:24-27; Isaiah 45:7
  • 12. Genesis 18:17; S 1 Samuel 3:7; S Daniel 9:22; John 15:15; Revelation 10:7
  • 13. S Jeremiah 23:22
  • 14. S Isaiah 31:4
  • 15. S Isaiah 42:13
  • 16. S Jeremiah 20:9; John 1:1-3; Jonah 3:1-3; Acts 4:20
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